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PatSloan
Virginia
Quilt Designer and Host of the only all Quilting Radio show, Fabric designer, teacher, author and obessed with quilting.. you too?
Interests: Quilting!
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My friend Gina has an amazing business. She does digital embroidery designs and she helps people to earn a living.. When I was in Abilene TX Gina came to my workshop, as this is her guild, so exciting to be in HER home town! She brought me one of the wood block stamps that she manufacturers and sells. The one she selected for me is the spool block, and it's BEAUTIFUL! CLICK HERE if you would like one email Gina if you don't see what you are looking for CLICK HERE to Listen to Gina tell us about the story... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Pat Sloan's Blog
I had a huge debate with my friends on the wisdom of an icecream holder - some of them liked the idea as their hands get cold, others wanted their hands to get cold so it might stop them from eating the whole thing. What do you think? http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/2014/06/just-desserts-pint-sized-ice-cream-case.html a very clever binding technique http://www.52quilts.com/2012/05/tuesday-tutorial-susies-magic-binding.html I adore this flag quilt! Everything about it is wonderful and I really light the lighter red/white/blue. http://cornbreadandbeansquilting.wordpress.com/category/parade-day-sew-along/ A perfect project to make for those kids going to college next month! http://imaginegnats.com/everything-body-pillow-case-tutorial/ Violet craft watercolor http://content.janome.com/index.cfm/ProjectCenter/Project_Detail/Watercolor_Heart_Block This is such a sweet summer sail boat wallhanging.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pat Sloan's Blog
LIFE with PAT ... my road trip to teach in Texas was a blast! Gregg and I have so much fun seeing the country and meeting people. During the trips I share a lot of photos at Facebook and Instagram ... here is a little recap! The first day was a drive south for the prettiest drive in Virginia! This included an ice-cream stop where they served up the most perfect cone I've EVER seen.. right? I couldn't resist putting my 'name' on that travel trailer.. as there were many discussion about the NEED for one for these trips. Some... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pat Sloan's Blog
This Camera fabric has been calling my name.. and calling and calling.. until finally I went and got a 1/2 a yard. It also comes in Black/white.. which I'm SURE I also need. We are a HUGE Camera Family. I take photos .. my dad, his wife, and husband have all been photographers for ever.. for fun, but they are all really good with a fancy camera. I'm learning that part, but as I share in my Life with Pat series.. awesome photography is a huge inspiration to me. Do you see the adorable stars in some of the lenses?... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pat Sloan's Blog
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Be sure to CLICK HERE to catch up on my prior shows! The Editors of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Have a FULL show of tips for you today! Listen ON YOUR COMPUTER or download the PODCAST after the show! The recording is available after 6pm eastern. ITUNES subscription available... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Network
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Be sure to CLICK HERE to catch up on my prior shows! The Editors of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Have a FULL show of tips for you today! Listen ON YOUR COMPUTER or download the PODCAST after the show! The recording is available after 6pm eastern. ITUNES subscription available - CLICK HERE To subscribe APQ FACEBOOK page CLICK HERE to Join My FACEBOOK Quilt Community CLICK HERE to Join APQ magazine online www.allpeoplequilt.com/ post continues below ad Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pat Sloan's Blog
The other day on my facebook group Heather shared a Thread cone hack... it is great!! Use a travel cup that is wide enough for the thread cone and feed the thread out the straw opening! Brilliant! She had spotted this tip online, tried it then shared with us! Someone else pointed out that you do need a cup that won't tip over. So other suggestions went on for using a coffee can, a canning jar, maybe an pasta jar when you are done with it. Any container that will stay upright! I LOVE my quilt along group, there is... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pat Sloan's Blog
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Morning routines. I find morning routines interesting. I've been reading about them a bit as some people that write about the simpler way of life. And ones that remind me to enjoy what I'm doing not always zoom zoom right onto the next thing (my preferred work speed is about Mach 3). Somehow I found my way to a photographer's site. She had this really nice article on her morning ritual, her routine. http://cortneelorenbrown.com/creating-your-morning-ritual/ So that got me to thinking about how much my morning routine has changed over the years, I bet you have changed yours too. When my... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pat Sloan's Blog
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Did you ever make miles and miles of binding..... because you didn't want to stop to figure out how much you needed? So you guess-timated and then added on a few extra strips? for good measure and because it totally sucks to not have enough yeah.. I thought you might have done that Me too So what do YOU do with the extra binding? Visit my Digital pattern store CLICK HERE post continues below ad Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pat Sloan's Blog
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I am asked often what is the deal with the thread weights? Luckily it's easy to understand and I have a video that explains it all! Four Thread weights. From the thinnest 50, to a bit thicker 40 to a nice 28wt up to the thick 12 wt, all the weights come in all the amazing Aurifil colors. CLICK HERE for my Youtube channel post continues below ad Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
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I have been in love with Star Quilts for a Very Long time... and I think most quilters have made a quilt with a star or two on it. My Stepping Stones is a go to for me... I have a zillion ways it can look and I plan another one very soon! CLICK HERE for my Stepping Stone Pattern This Free Quilt Pattern Round-up are quilts that I would love to make! I think many will be great in scrappy versions.. hello Scrap Bag these are calling you! super easy.. super fun… tutorial too! HIT SHARE to save this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
Sometimes I'm asked to do a challenge. Maybe a full quilt, maybe a block. I find a challenge to be a super fun way to experiment and stretch my fabric choices.. or maybe not! Depends on the challenge doesn't it? I was asked to make a block to go into a quilt to be used as a fund raiser. I was given this fall fabric with the paint swatches. All thing i could not do was use pure white fabric. I could live with that.. not sure I even OWN pure white fabric. The swatches were pretty fun as they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
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Don't you LOVE the name? Makin it CUTE Tour! Brought to you by the Fat Quarter shop and my good friends Barb and Mary of 'Me and My Sister'. So what's it all about? Barb and Mary as the sisters behind the design company Me and My Sister. They are a very fun and creative duo! They came up with this 'Makin It Cute' idea!! Create adorable flowers with their templates and attach to just about everything! I am one of many stops on the tour hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. They challenged us to use a flower on a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
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I'm working out of town today and I am running a favorite encore show during the LIVE time slot. But you don't need to wait! CLICK HERE to listen on my player. Just scroll to Sept 10, 2012. Today is a perfect day to catch up on past shows! Downloaded... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Network
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I'm working out of town today and I am running a favorite encore show during the LIVE time slot. But you don't need to wait! CLICK HERE to listen on my player. Just scroll to Sept 10, 2012. Today is a perfect day to catch up on past shows! Downloaded to your player and listen when you can. Did you know...... I have a lot of recorded shows before I worked with American Patchwork & Quilting magazine? CLICK HERE to listen or download those shows And it might be eaiser if you are looking for shows you missed, to download... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
I had several emails recently asking me how I do what I do. How do I run my quilt business, what's it like, how have things changed, do I like it... etc.. etc... Would you like to know a bit about my background? How I got started my design firm and how it works now? Read on! I have always wanted my own company. I remember thinking up businesses as a child. And in my first 'real' job, I was planning how to leave and start my own company. I was young, I didn't quite know what kind of company... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
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As I see things, think of things, I'm sharing my Every Day Life, my WHOLE life in my "Live with Pat" articles. Recently on instagram and Facebook I've seen a lot of people with a heavy use of hashtags. You know.... where at the end of what they share it says..... #quilt #patchwork #iamsobusy #summer #blahblahblah What is the purpose of them? They allow you to search that keyword. The theory is that I want to see 'quilts' on Instagram so I search by #quilt. And anyone who used that has the post show up. They are to be funny.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
I'ts ROAD TRIP TIME! I'm on the road several times during the year.. ok.. it's more like a LOT of times during the year. This July and Sept I'll be traveling to visit quilters and I thought you might like to know a little bit about what it's like and what I share. I'm on my way to Texas as you read this (see the end). All these photos are from a trip this past March that I shared on Instagram and Facebook. I will also be posting them here for this trip! What happens on a road trip? I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
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I am always interested in trying out new products. The Soak company has been around awhile with several items, with 'Flatter' being the newest item. I asked if I could try a few items and they sent me a nice grouping of Flatter, Soak and nail polish. Flatter is for spraying onto your fabric creases to remove the crease. Something we can ALL use, right? They have scented and no scent. I prefer scents to try! I am not a fussy quilter and a mild crease does not bother me. But If I'm doing small precision patchwork, or fusible applique,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
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Are you smitten with Downton Abbey? What has spoken to you, the characters, the scenery, the accents? Maybe the outfits, the dreamy detailed AMAZING outfits. Or maybe you are like me, it's the wicked twists and turns in the plot and many sub-plots that got you hooked during show #1 and keep you coming back for more. The "Unofficial" Downton Abbey Sews magazine is really exciting. I wanted to show it to you incase you missed it. The editors at Interweave sent me a copy AND they are hosting a give-away for MY readers, yeah baby! The editor of this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
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Reese it is good to learn... i find it fascinating to understand how people learn, I teach for a living.. so it helps.. wink!
Learning something new.... it seems to be a daily thing lately. I was chatting with my online quilt bee (you can join me HERE) about learning new software Do you like to learn new things? I was thinking about this the other day. When my 'job' was to be a student I went to classes and learned something every single day. And not one thing, but many many things. On many many topics. (by the way... The thought of that exhausts me now!) High School through college it was learning, but I never really applyed anything I learned until I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
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Be sure to CLICK HERE to catch up on my prior podcasts! Author and quiltmaker John Adams has a wonderful sense of color and balance. His new book with Martingale is called Beyond Neutral, Quilts inspired by Nature's Elements. John and I are going to talk about the inspiration behind the quilts and I want to dig a little deeper into how he selects fabrics and the process he uses. He has a really interesting way of explaining that. http://www.quiltdad.com/ I love a great story, and Judy Edgar's captured my heart. Her mother Relia Skinner started a quilt pattern business... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Blog
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Be sure to CLICK HERE to catch up on my prior podcasts! Author and quiltmaker John Adams has a wonderful sense of color and balance. His new book with Martingale is called Beyond Neutral, Quilts inspired by Nature's Elements. John and I are going to talk about the inspiration behind... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Network